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Robert "Bob" Higgins (Highland Capital Partners), HBS 1970, began his career in the admissions office first at Harvard and then at West Point. He went on to the U.S. Treasury where he realized he preferred small teams. He then led various foundations, including the Florence Burden Foundation, the Robert S. Clark Foundation, and the John A. Hartford Foundation. During those years, he developed an interest in healthcare. Eventually, he thought venture capital might be a more effective way to build healthcare businesses so he joined Charles River Ventures before launching Highland Capital Partners in 1988. Highland has backed such companies as Lycos, Avid Technology, Sybase, MapQuest, Praecis, Renal Treatment Centers, Ask Jeeves, Continental Cable, Staples.com, and New York Times Digital. Bob's medical technology investments include AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Codon Devices, Conor Medsystems (IPO/acquired), Helicos BioSciences, Magen BioSciences, Mitotix (Neuer Market: GPC Biotech AG), Origin Medsystems (acquired), PerSeptive Biosystems (IPO/acquired), Pervasis Therapeutics and PRAECIS PHARMACEUTICALS (Nasdaq: PRCS). Bob described his experiences in a video interview on the HBS campus in July 2001.